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Divorcing in the New Year? Here are a few things to think about

With the New Year comes resolutions and change. For many Californians, this means taking the steps to end their marriage. There are many reasons an individual may seek divorce, but sometimes our emotions get the best of us and we make decisions that work against our best interests. That is not to say that those wanting a divorce should avoid it. Instead, those considering divorce need to ensure that they are approaching the process that protect their and their children's best interests.

For approximately 30 percent of all divorce seekers, after the holidays are over in January is the time for them to seek marriage dissolution. These individuals may want to spare their children the heartache during a time of joy and family gathering, while others may just want to wait until the hustle and bustle of the holidays is over so that they can focus on their divorce. Regardless of the reason for waiting, these individuals need to make sure that they avoid some of the more common mistakes that are made when seeking a divorce.

First, individuals should try to avoid filing their divorce petition out of anger. By entering the process with revenge in mind, an individual may be setting him or herself up for a contentious divorce, which can be costly. Therefore, these individuals may want to consider calming themselves so that they have the ability to potentially negotiate a divorce settlement that is right for them.

Second, divorce filers should think about the long-term. It is often wise to assess one's financial situation and perhaps put off divorce until after a spouse receives a raise or bonus at his or her job. If a large purchase is about to be made by a spouse, then it might be best to wait on filing for divorce. By putting off divorce until these matters are settled, an individual may be able to obtain more financial resources upon divorce finalization.

These are just a few of the many issues Californians need to think about before filing for divorce. Those who want to learn more may want to contact a family law professional of their choosing.

Source: Market Watch, "Avoid these common mistakes if you're filing for divorce in January," Quentin Fottrell, Dec. 31, 2016

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